Numbers reveal 1Q boat sales hit four-year high

The long winter undoubtedly impacted boat sales, but data reveal the strongest first quarter since at least 2010, with sales that slightly outpaced those in 2012, a year characterized by a mild winter and early spring. First-quarter sales on a three-month rolling basis this year significantly outperformed those in 2013, a year that also brought…more

Discover Boating renews focus on video content

A hint about Discover Boating’s plans for 2014 — they involve drones. “Who knew? Drones can be used for a lot of things,” Carl Blackwell, who heads up the program, said during a webinar Tuesday. A renewed focus on video content and a refreshed logo are some of the marks of Discover Boating’s 2014 ad…more

Marine Products Corp. reports 1Q results

Marine Products Corp., the builder of Chaparral and Robalo boats, said today that first-quarter sales rose 7.7 percent and that profits climbed 36.5 percent to nearly $2 million. The company said it earned $1.98 million, or 5 cents a diluted share, during the quarter that ended March 31, compared with $1.45 million, or 4 cents…more

Edson International co-owner retires

Edson International co-owner and general manager Hank Keene announced his retirement, which was effective March 25, because the effects of Parkinson’s disease no longer allow him to continue in the position. The New Bedford, Mass.-based maker of marine steering systems and other products said Keene had given his heart and soul to the company for…more

Mercury Marine wins engine honor at Chinese show

Mercury Marine was recently honored with the Most Eco-Friendly Marine Business Award at the 2014 China International Boat Show in Shanghai for its new lightweight 370-hp Mercury Diesel TDI 4.2L engine. At cruise, the engine offers fuel savings of as much as 50 percent, compared with the equivalent performance of a gasoline engine in a…more

Larson Boat Group touts green attributes of VEC hulls

In honor of Earth Day, the Larson Boat Group produced the 51,437th VEC boat hull, a patented environmentally clean manufacturing technology the group has been using since 1999. VEC is a computer-controlled process that provides consistency and produces 91 percent less emissions than traditional open-mold fiberglass boatbuilding techniques, the company says. Annually, the VEC manufacturing…more

Denison Yacht Sales opens new Florida location

Denison Yacht Sales announced the opening of its newest office in Naples, Fla., at Naples Boat Club, which follows the acquisition of Black Pearl Yacht Sales in the fourth quarter last year. The new location, on Naples Bay, offers access to the Gulf of Mexico, Gordon Pass and Naples beaches. Six licensed and bonded yacht…more

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